A Rare and Unusual Signed Japanese Bizen Stoneware Wall Vase. Edo Period.
Ht. 7 1/2 ins. (19.1 cms) This type of vase were popular in traditional Japanese houses and were hung from a nail on a wooden pillar. The present example has an unidentified incised potter's mark. The subject is a Chinese sage playing a flute in a glade of bamboos. The vase is heavily coated with a patina caused by free smoke in the house, either from the hibachi or incense burner. The condition is very good, on the top edge there may be a chip but it is difficult to say whether it is old damage or the body was chipped before firing as the flying ash glaze appears to be slightly over the edge of the "chip".
The vase dates from the late Edo Period, probably ca. 1800.
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